Barcelona Activa

(Barcelona, Spain)

Barcelona Mentoring Programme

Under the auspices of the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Activa is responsible for promoting the city’s economic development — a driving force supporting policies to develop employment, entrepreneurship and businesses.

Barcelona Activa participated in the MIT VMS Immersion Program in 2012, followed by onsite Mentor Training programs delivered by MIT VMS instructors in 2013 and 2014. It has since been running an excellent mentoring program, serving primarily SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with growth potential through annual cohorts, each for a 6-month mentoring engagement period.

Now entering its eighth cohort, the program has reached 185 entrepreneurs and engaged 92 mentors, reporting high levels of mentor engagement (90.9% meeting attendance) and satisfaction (8.8/10 average), and valuable indicators for the participating companies and for the local economy (455 new jobs created, >22% average increase in revenues, new markets penetration/increased exports).

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